Bulgarian PM urges North Macedonia to turn ‘guts’ and settle for French deal on EU club – POLITICO

Press play to hear this newsletter Bulgaria’s outgoing Top Minister Kiril Petkov on Friday suggested his North Macedonian counterpart Dimitar Kovačevski to be courageous and to simply accept a French-led compromise that may open the door for Skopje to begin formal club talks with the EU. However Petkov stated that doing so may cave in … Read more

Western Balkans leaders fume after summit fails to unblock EU bids – POLITICO

EU leaders failed on Thursday to triumph over Bulgaria’s objection to North Macedonia becoming a member of the bloc, leaving a number of Western Balkans leaders fuming at how all of the area’s EU aspirations had been stymied because of this. “I will be able to be easy,” a livid North Macedonian Top Minister Dimitar … Read more

Leaders to again Ukraine’s EU bid whilst skirting difficult questions about struggle – POLITICO

Press play to hear this newsletter The Eu Council on Thursday will designate Ukraine a candidate for EU club — at the same time as Russia’s ongoing struggle raises questions on whether or not the rustic will exist lengthy sufficient to ever sign up for the membership. The verdict on Ukraine’s candidate standing, to be … Read more